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The Rules of Perspective
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Uk
Publication date June 1, 2006
Pages 352
Binding Paperback
Edition New
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780099458890
ISBN-10 0099458896
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $13.75
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Summary
It is April 1945, and the historic town of Lohenfelde is about to be overrun by the Allied Third Army. Huddled in the vaults of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Museum are Heinrich Hoffer and his three colleagues. Their petty rivalries and resentments surface quickly in this claustrophobic confinement as the four prepare themselves for their fate.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: It is April 1945, and the small town of Lohenfelde is about to be overrun by the Allied Third Army. Huddled in the vaults of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum to escape the artillery bombardment, are Heinrich Hoffer, the Acting Director, and his three colleagues, two women and one man. Their petty rivalries and resentments surface quickly in their confinement, and the vaults become a stage for an intense psychological drama of secret histories and shared terror.

Above ground, picking through the rubble, is Corporal Neal Parry who wishes he was back in West Virginia studying art, and not dodging snipers. When he finds an exquisite painting in what remains of the museum vaults, he is immediately reconnected with a lost world of beauty and order: the world of art. It is this small 18th century oil — the appropriately titled Landscape with Ruins — that is the poignant link between the young soldier and the four charred corpses he finds at the same time. As the narratives interweave, the story of the painting reveals the hidden story of Herr Hoffer and his three associates — and in so doing, uncovers other, darker mysteries.

In this thrilling re-creation of the last months of the Second World War, Adam Thorpe has written a narrative tour de force. Through his beautifully drawn characters, Thorpe allows us to see — just as they begin to see — the possibilities of art and love: perspective, in the face of war.

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